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Maswanganyi

I was born on the 17th January 1977 in a rural village near Giyani called Noblehoek, with Noblehoek in turn being under the chiefdom of Msengi. My family is very artistic, all of them "know" the skill of sculpting, though none of them have refined their skill like I have, as most of them do not want to be artists. My farther, a well known artist, Johannes Maswanganyi taught me to carve. He learnt this skill from his farther, the late Piet, who was also a carver. He used to carve bowls, cooking spoons and forks. My mother makes beadwork, embroidery, and clay pots.

I started school in 1983 at Haaka Primary School, and in 1991 I went to Ndengenza High School, where I matriculated in 1995. I decided to further my studies at Technikon Witwatersrand, where I studied Fine Art. After obtaining my National Diploma in 1999 I decided to work as a full time artist, and since then have participated in numerous exhibitions and workshops in South Africa and abroad. Even before I studied Fine Art, I was participating in exhibitions, as my farther, who I consider to be the best teacher, taught me from an early age.

Exhibitions

1995 – Preparatory exhibition for my farther, and Keith Alexander for Germany tour, Johannesburg.
1995 - Gazankulu Training Trust.
1996 - Soul Perspective, University of South Africa, Pretoria.
1999 - Exhibition for Third Year Students, Rembrandt Van Rijn Gallery, Johannesburg.
1999 - Two man exhibition for the opening of Mr & Mrs de Liefde’s house, Dainfern Johannesburg.
2000 - Mukondeni Art Gallery Exhibition.
2001 - ABSA Atelier, Johannesburg.
2001 - Artists from Elim area, University of South Africa.
2002 - ABSA Atelier, Johannesburg.
2002 - Visiting artists, Art of Africa Gallery, Cumbria, England.
2002 - World Summit on Sustainable Development, Johannesburg.
2003 - Soul of Africa, Development Bank, Johannesburg.

Workshops

1998 – Oudtshoorn.
2000 – Beelden Ann Zee Museum, Holland – for Africa meets Europe exhibition.
2002 – Artist in residence, Arkleby near Aspartia, Engalnd – for Art of Africa Gallery.

Awards

1995 – Third prize winner, GTT, Giyani
1999 – Beeld Artvaak vir Immovirend Werk
2001 – Top Ten finalist at ABSA Atelier.

Collections

Tzaneen Museum
Pretoria Art Museum
Gertrude Posel Gallery, Wits University
Citibank
Sasol
Many private collections in South Africa and abroad.

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